Saw VI (2009)

6

Alright we are nearing the end of the game here folks. It’s Saw VI: Jigsaw VS His Insurance Company. IMDB says about this one :

Agent Strahm is dead and framed while Hoffman continues John’s legacy while Jill carries out John’s final request.

 

Well there you have it. This time around, the subject of Jigsaw’s test is his former insurance broker who declined John an experimental treatment. This movie does have a certain bend towards showing that insurance companies are unjust and sometimes things aren’t fair. It does have this certain anti-political, anti-insurance message that comes off sort of lazy and really just pads the story instead of giving us what we want : constant insane traps and blood.

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Another thing that seems to have changed about the games, is these games seem to be about sacrificing the lives of others, and many of the tests have no way for everyone to earn their way out of. This might be a small thing, but at the same time, it seems like up until this point, the purpose was for everyone involved to be tested and emerge from the games. Now, people are offered up and killed in order to serve the test of another. Frankly, our insurance scum back comes out of it pretty unscathed, but having killed quite a lot of people.

All that being said, this is really just a throw-away sequel, and it delivers enough traps, gore, and twists to keep fans of the series satisfied enough, and comes and goes without much consequence. At this point, at least for me, I was in this for the ride, and there wasn’t much that was going to keep me from finishing the series. So it does have the advantage of being late enough in the series that you sort of stop looking for quality, and start looking for more twists and more traps. Which you do get this time, just like every time.

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The actors are good enough, but again, they’ve all become pretty disposable at this point, and the story is starting to get a little bit more convoluted than it should be. When the twists become an expectation in each movie, they are naturally going to get less and less interesting and less surprising. Plus, 6 movies in, there is only so much you can add to the story.

I also think that this movie was the wrong place to include the message regarding insurance companies, but that’s just me, and I’m not in charge of writing movies. So, what the hell do I know?

If we’re ranking this one in the 6 reviewed so far, this is definitely stronger than 5, but only slightly and the series is definitely starting to lose steam pretty readily. There’s not much else to say about this one. It didn’t grip my attention, or get under my skin like the earlier sequels, and so it ranks pretty near the bottom.

Well there you have it.

FINAL GRADE : C-

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